Featured Speakers

Jamie Burkitt Creedon DVM, DACVECC

Jamie Burkitt CreedonDr. Burkitt graduated from UC Davis in 2000 and completed a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the same institution in 2005. After a few years in academia, she moved to private practice and has worked at emergency and specialty referral hospitals in California, New Jersey, Texas, and Oklahoma. She recently returned to her home state to join VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, California. She enjoys professional activities as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is the co-editor of the Wiley Textbook Advanced Monitoring and Procedures for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. When not working, Jamie spends time with her family and enjoys travel, rock climbing, scuba diving, and snowboarding.

Kate Hopper BVSc, PhD, DACVECC

Kate HopperDr. Hopper graduated from veterinary school at the University of Melbourne. Following graduation she worked for 4 years in small animal practice. She then returned to the University of Melbourne to complete a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. Following this, she completed a second residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of California, Davis and became boarded in the specialty in 2002. Kate completed a PhD in acid base physiology at UC Davis and is now an Associate Professor with the UC Davis Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care service. Her current research interests include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, clinical acid base and electrolyte disorders and mechanical ventilation. Kate is also the co-editor of the textbook entitled Small Animal Critical Care Medicine.

Adjunct Speakers

Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC

Steven EpsteinDr. Epstein received his veterinary degree in 2004 from UC Davis. He then completed an internship in anesthesiology at Kansas State University in 2005. He completed a three year residency at UC Davis in 2010 becoming a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Epstein is now an Assistant Professor of Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service at UC Davis. He is interested antimicrobial use and resistance in critical care.



Kristen Messenger, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, DACVCP

Kristen MessengerDr. Messenger is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at North Carolina State University.  She is a North Carolina (Charlotte) native and completed her DVM and residency training at NCSU.  She became board-certified in veterinary anesthesiology in 2010, and in veterinary clinical pharmacology in 2014.  Dr. Messenger runs the Comparative Pharmacology and Anesthesiology Laboratory at NCSU.  Her research studies the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anesthetic analgesic drugs in veterinary species.  She resides in Raleigh, and enjoys spending time with her Beagle, “Cindy” and Corgi, “Hazelnut.”



Julie Squires, Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist

Julie SquiresJulie Squires is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator & Specialist who brings a unique perspective and approach to support the sustained energy and passion of those exposed to the highly stressful and traumatic environment of veterinary medicine. She does this in a very distinct way, by empowering them to help themselves through easyto-implement yet powerful, practices and insights. Julie has over twenty years of experience within the veterinary industry leading organizations, developing and executing training, workshops and 1:1 coaching most notably for Nestlé Purina, Bayer Animal Health and IDEXX Laboratories. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist through Traumatology Institute. Julie has also completed compassion fatigue training from The Figley Institute, Traumatology Institute and TEND Academy. Julie’s clients also gain from her training and experience as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Corporate Wellness Coach. Julie is a dynamic speaker and has spoken at major conferences such as NAVC, AVMA and the Veterinary Wellness and Social Work Summit as well as various state association meetings. She has been published on VetGirl, DrAndyRoark.com and in Today’s Veterinary Technician. Her company, Rekindle LLC is the result of the need Julie saw in the veterinary field to help professionals and staff maintain their wellbeing and mental health. She says this work is “her calling”. Julie lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband John, pug Ernie and Gregg and Duane, their two cats.